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Stafford Arima’s New Musical Receives World Premiere at Prestigious Williamstown Theatre Festival This July

"Poster Boy" Opens July 27th

You could say Canadian Olivier-nominated director Stafford Arima now has his Oskar.

Friday, 13 May 2016 13:44

April Snow – Stephanie Martin

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

Just released! April Snow

A Song & Script Interview

Newsflash – God has released a CD.  Well, not God, but the voice of God – Toronto’s Stephanie Martin.

She was the heavenly messenger who introduced athletes and dignitaries during the opening and closing ceremonies of Toronto’s Pan Am /Para Pan Games last summer (2015).

In Conversation:  Stratford’s “Shakespeare in Love” at Reference Library this Monday

By Dennis Kucherawy

“Funny, often genuinely moving, and generates a glow you could warm your hands by…The best British comedy since “One Man, Two Guvnors” and deserves equal success.”

Acclaimed British director Declan Donnellan makes his debut this season at the Stratford Festival remounting his West End hit “Shakespeare in Love.”  It is now in previews at the Avon Theatre.  It opens June 4th and runs until Oct. 16th.

YouTube Sensations Play Toronto

By Dennis Kucherawy

“Hallo, es bin ich.”

That could very well be the new lyrics for “Chello,” The Piano Guys’ new mash-up where Adele’s “Hello” meets Mozart’s “Lacrimosa” – Latin for weeping -- from his “Requiem Mass in D.”  If you prefer, the lads suggest you call it “Hellocrimosa.”

American attorney Roy Cohn was one of the most notorious figures in American history.  In the 1950s, the Republican was Senator Joseph’s McCarthy’s pit-bull of a henchman during his fear mongering investigations into alleged Communist Activity that ruined the lives of thousands of innocent people.

Cohn also was a prominent member of the prosecution team that falsely convicted the Rosenbergs and sent them to the electric chair.

Thursday, 28 April 2016 16:15

Donna Summer Musical Workshop in NYC

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

Des McAnuff and Sergio Trujillo Reunite for Donna Summer Musical Workshop in NYC This Summer

Director Des McAnuff and choreographer Sergio Trujillo, who created the worldwide jukebox musical smash “Jersey Boys,” will reunite in June in New York City for a three-week workshop of a new musical based on the music and life of disco diva Donna Summer.

Sunday, 17 April 2016 16:23

Closed Sundays

Written by Dane Taylor


 “Hangmen” by MM Presented by NT Live


Less than a week after “Hangmen” won this year’s Olivier Award for Best New Play, Martin McDonagh’s new comedy-drama is playing at Cineplex Theatres throughout Canada live in a taped broadcast from London’s Wyndham Theatre with the original cast led by David Morrisey.

Jazz/Blues Sensation Jackie Richardson Leads a Talented Cast

Mike Ross’ Creative Arrangements Re-Imagine Classics From Gershwin to Lou Reed

By Dennis Kucherawy

One of the joys of attending concerts and cabarets at Soulpepper Theatre in the Distillery District is seeing and hearing what Mike Ross, the Slaight Family Director of Music is going to conjure up this time.

Plays Toronto’s Sold-Out Koerner Hall Saturday night

Judging from Johnny Clegg’s performance Thursday night at St. Catharines’ impressive new First Ontario Performing Arts Centre, Saturday night’s sell-out crowd at Toronto’s Koerner Hall is in for a sensational performance.

Monday, 04 April 2016 13:27

Coal Mine Theatre’s “Killer Joe”

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

Sex, drugs, violence and laughs abound in Coal Mine Theatre’s “Killer Joe”

By Dennis Kucherawy

April is inadvertently American playwright Tracy Letts month in Toronto.  “August: Osage County,” for which he won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, opens this Friday, April 8th at Alumnae Theatre.  (The 2013 film adaptation starring an all-star cast of Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and Benedict Cumberbatch.)

 Tomorrow night, his first (1993) play “Killer Joe,” opens in an unaffiliated production at Coal Mine Theatre.

The Envelope, Please!  And the Oscar goes to … Toronto!

Hooray for Hollywood! Hooray for Former Corktown Composer Stephan Moccio! Hooray for Bridgepoint Hospital and “Room”!

By Dennis Kucherawy

Stephan Moccio, former Corktown resident and hit pop composer, is just one of several Canadians who got a sprinkling of stardust on Thursday, January 14 when he received a Best Song Oscar nomination for co-writing “Earned It,” a song from the movie “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

Saturday, 27 February 2016 16:10

Carole King Beautiful tour hits Buffalo

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

Arrives in just over two weeks

Just in time for 45th anniversary of "Tapestry"

By Dennis Kucherawy

It was announced recently the national tour of “Beautiful:  The Carole King Musical” will visit Toronto in July 2017, almost a year-and-a-half from now.  If that is for you, in the words of Carole’s classic hit song, “So Far Away," then you can shuffle off to Buffalo’s Shea’s Performing Arts Centre where the tour opens in a little over two weeks, on Tuesday, March 15th for a week long engagement ending Sunday, March 20th.

Thursday, 25 February 2016 15:53

Acting Up’s “Great” Gardens A Must See

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

Buy Now – Bound to sell-out

Review by Dennis Kucherawy

Canadian musical theatre veteran Lisa Horner gives an extraordinary dual role performance in Acting Up Stage Company’s current production of the three-time Tony Award musical “Grey Gardens.”  She leads a talented and committed company of actor/singers and musicians in Winnipeg director Ann Hodge’s re-imagined take on this story of regret, longing, madness and ultimately, love.

Mitchell Marcus, Artistic and Managing Director

Chats About “Beautiful and Bizarre”

Tony Award-Winning Love Story/Musical

By Dennis Kucherawy

How can two relatives of a member of America’s royal family of the 1960s end up insane, forgotten and living in poverty and squalor?

Wednesday, 27 January 2016 16:53

John Alcorn - "Flying without Wings" at Buddies

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

Fresh from the release of his new CD “Flying Without Wings,” John Alcorn launches the New Year with his first cabaret this week. Why?  Because it’s 2016!

Titled “An Evening with John Alcorn,” one of Canada’s most suave, coolest, distinguished and talented singers will be reunited with album-mates guitarist Reg Schwager and bassist Steve Wallace. Other musicians on the CD are pianist Mark Eisenman and cornetist Warren Vaché.

Monday, 25 January 2016 16:54

“The Winter’s Tale” EXCLUSIVE

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

Oscar-nominated “Room’s” Tom McCamus and Tony Award-winner Brent Carver to Star in Groundling Theatre’s “The Winter’s Tale”

“Mini-Me” Shakespeare at Intimate Coal Mine Theatre

Previews begin this Tuesday, Jan. 28th

As the world this year celebrates the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare, Toronto’s new Groundling Theatre launches its first production of the Bard at the popular, intimate Coal Mine Theatre at 1454 Danforth, slightly west of Coxwell Ave.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016 15:18

Musical Wizard Colleen Allen Talks David Bowie

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

Musical Wizard Colleen Allen Talks David Bowie and Soulpepper's 2013 Hit Cabaret "Rebel, Rebel"

David Bowie – Soulpepper

By Dennis Kucherawy

Does Soulpepper Theatre in the Distillery District take requests?  I wonder since David Bowie’s death last week brought back memories of one of the company’s best shows of 2013, a one-hour songbook called “Rebel, Rebel:  The Music of David Bowie.

Saturday, 16 January 2016 15:37

Sgt. Pepper Returns to Toronto

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

Art of Time Ensemble’s Sgt. Pepper Returns to Toronto

By Dennis Kucherawy

This Thursday, Jan. 21st, you can be sure the Hendersons will be there, late of Pablo Fanques Fair.  And so will be Mr. Kite, Lucy, and, of course, Lovely Rita.

They are just a few of the many musical characters who will descend upon the Sony Centre in another “Day in the Life” of Toronto’s Art of Time Ensemble.

Saturday, 16 January 2016 15:31

Song & Script Scoop

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

A Curious Coup!

Edmonton’s Citadel Theatre Lands Canadian Premiere of International Award-Winning “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”

Co-production with Royal Manitoba Theatre Company

By Dennis Kucherawy

Edmonton’s Citadel Theatre has scored the rights to produce Simon Stephens’ Olivier and Tony Award-winning play “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.”

Wednesday, 13 January 2016 17:33

Hooray for Hollywood

Written by Dennis Kucherawy


Hooray for Bridgepoint Hospital, Riverdale:

Bridgepoint Hospital in Toronto's  Riverdale got a sprinkling of stardust Sunday night at the Golden Globes when Hollywood actress Brie Larson won Best Actress in a Drama for the Oscar-favored movie "Room."  She played the role of the mother.
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 14:53

Chilina Kennedy - What a difference a year makes!

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

By Dennis Kucherawy for Songandscript.ca

What a difference a year makes!  That’s an understatement for Canadian-born triple threat performer Chilina Kennedy who is currently starring on Broadway in “Beautiful:  The Carole King Musical.”

Last year, in November 2014, she was playing the lead role in Theatre Aquarius Hamilton’s sold-out production of the musical of “Mary Poppins.”  Now, just a little over a year later, on Dec. 6th, 2015, she performed centre stage in Washington as the Kennedy Centre honored Carole King herself, among others.  The tribute was telecast last week on Dec. 29th.

Original Farceur Craig Lauzon Says He’ll Miss Ex-PM Stephen Harper

Although Craig Lauzon of CBC-TV’s Air Farce is of Ojibwa descent, he also is one of the Last of the Mohicans.  One of the three last remaining members of the original Air Farce comedy troupe, that is.


For David Ferry, stuff did indeed happen this year, in November.

He and Toronto’s Coalmine Theatre’s production of Jez Butterworth’s “The River,” directed by Ted Dykstra, earned unanimous popular and critical acclaim.  He starred in a role that Hugh Jackman played on Broadway to much attention last year.

Wednesday, 16 December 2015 16:45

Christmas Eve Celebration – Roy Thomson Hall

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

Jackie Richardson, Jeigh Madjus and Kelly Holiff Lead MCC Toronto’s 26th Annual Christmas Eve Celebration at Roy Thomson Hall

Following its 25th anniversary last year, the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto (MCC Toronto) will return to Roy Thomson Hall a week from tomorrow for its annual Christmas Eve Service and Celebration.  It is a much-anticipated, inclusive event that is a popular tradition of Toronto’s festive time of year, attracting people of all faiths and backgrounds.

Wednesday, 16 December 2015 16:36

A Very Soulpepper Christmas Concert

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

A Week of Merriment – “A Very Soulpepper Christmas” concerts debut this Saturday, Dec. 19th

Four concerts until Boxing Day – Saturday, Dec. 26th

“A soul! A soul!  A soul cake!

Please good Missis a soul cake!” – Traditional

Canada’s national jazz/blues singing treasure Jackie Richardson is sprinkling a little “pepper” on our soul cakes for a week of holiday concerts starting this Saturday night.

Friday, 11 December 2015 17:21


Written by Dennis Kucherawy

Jackie Richardson and Brent Carver Lead Sensational Musical Tribute to Ol’ Blue Eyes on 100th Anniversary of His Birth

Sold-out. A limited number of Rush Tickets will be available starting 90 minutes before the concert. 

Tomorrow night (Saturday) at Toronto's Koerner Hall, some of Canada’s finest artists will do it their way.

Internationally renowned Jackie Richardson and Tony Award-winner Brent Carver, two of Canada’s most beloved national performing treasures, will lead the all-Canadian line-up of this salute to the Chairman of the Board, Frank Sinatra.

Tomson Highway Cabaret Preview

Songs in the Key of Cree – Sunday, Dec. 13TH, 8:30 p.m.

Order of Canada member  Tomson Highway to perform retrospective musical cabaret with special guests this weekend

 “One of the 100 most important people in Canadian history” – Maclean’s magazine, 1998

‘(Highway is) a master of the playful pastiche….his work is giddy humour and warmth of spirit, which bathes the audience’ – The Globe and Mail

A Music Memory at Song & Script    

Good grief!  “A Charlie Brown’s Christmas” turns 50 this year!  Lucky it’s a timeless and beloved perennial.

Time to gather everyone around your own Snoopy doghouse for a rousing round of “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” or even a Vince Guaraldi karaoke party. To celebrate, it airs tomorrow night… Monday, Nov. 30th… and again on Christmas Eve. 

Sunday, 29 November 2015 12:11

Happy, Happy! Joy, Joy!

Written by Dennis Kucherawy

Naughty and Nice – a Broadsway Christmas

Stuff the turkey, lace the egg nog, dig in the sauce –cranberry, that is, (save the rum and coke for later) -- and crank up the Grammy-phone because once again, it’s beginning to look a lot like Broadsway!

Heather Bambrick, Julie Michel and Dianne Leah follow their popular debut CD “Old Friends” with “The Most Wonderful Time… Maybe. “

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